See below for our new January offer running 12-3pm Wed – Sat & 6-9pm Wed – Fri.

We are trialling Saturday Brunch 11am – 3pm. Book online or call the restaurant.

Welcome.

The ‘Old Smithy’ in Washington Village, is a 400 year old Grade II Listed building. The building has had a colourful past, formerly; a blacksmith’s forge, stables and even a pottery, it is famed locally for its connection to the capture of the highwayman Robert Hazlit, who was arrested and subsequently hanged after being spotted by a local lad, having his horse shod here by the resident blacksmith.

Things are slightly different these days.

Now ‘The Forge’, the building has undergone a full restoration and has been transformed into an eclectic, vibrant eatery, serving the highest quality, locally sourced, wholesome, fresh, seasonal British food this side of the river.
Accompanied by an extensive wine selection, locally distilled gins, real ales and great cocktails, The Forge is an excellent destination for those seeking fantastic quality food and drink, prepared by experienced talented chefs, in an historic yet cosy setting.
Our head chef, Lee Bennett, has spent the past 10+ years training and working with Newcastle’s finest chefs in some of the best restaurants across the City. Lee was awarded runner up in the recent North East Chef of the year Awards and The Forge has won Lux magazines Restaurant of the Year 2019 – Sunderland District.

We want to share Lee’s passion for food with you.

 

It is advisable to book in advance as we may restrict walk ins during busy periods.

When booking online, please make sure that you receive an email to ensure that your booking is confirmed.

Lunch

Served 12 – 3pm Wednesday to Saturday.

On Saturdays we also run brunch specials from 12-3pm, see our social media for the latest.

Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.



A varied assortment of meat, fish, vegetarian small plates, sharing boards, nibbles, mains and desserts, locally sourced from the most trusted suppliers, changing with the seasons.

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Lunch Club Card

Join us for Lunch 4 times and get a free bottle of house wine on your 5th visit…

Please book as visits are also logged on our system.

Lunch 17/1/20

Served 12-3pm.

Wednesday to Friday – Any 2 courses @ 12. / 2 small plates & 1 side @ 12.

Saturday – Brunch available from 11am with any 2 courses @ 12 from 12pm.

Small plates:

Whipped smoked salmon, crispy crayfish, lemon mayo 7.
Roasted mushroom soup, truffle cream, warm bread 6.5
Marinated beets, goat’s cheese, spiced hazelnuts 6.5
Baked hen’s egg, smoked mackerel, heritage potato, caper butter 7.
Welsh rarebit on sourdough, pickled red onion 6.
Soy and sriracha glazed greens, toasted peanuts 5.
Iberico ham and potato scotch egg, red pepper mayo 7.5
Warm salad of Iberico ham, soft egg, pippa potato, anchovy dressing 7.5
Pastry of the day – ask your server

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Big plates:

Open lasagne of venison, smoked bacon, parmesan cream, button onions 12.
North Sea fishcake, glazed greens, herb butter 12.
Hand-rolled tagliatelle, butternut squash, blue cheese, walnut 12.
* 8oz. rib-eye/fillet, fat cut chips, peppercorn sauce 20/26.5

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Afters:

Chocolate and ale cake sundae, peanut ice cream, salted caramel 6.5
Winter fruit crumble, almonds, vanilla ice cream 6.5
Hand-made ice cream and sorbet 5.5
* British cheese, grapes, chutney, crackers 8.

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Sides 3.

Creamed potato / thin cut fries, truffle oil, parmesan / seasonal salad /
broccoli, chilli & almonds / savoy cabbage, pickled ginger / thrice-cooked chips

* Priced individually

Sunday Lunch

Served from 12 – 6pm, Sunday.

A traditional roast, chicken, pork, beef, lamb and a vegetarian option, with seasonal starters and desserts.

 

Example Sunday Lunch Menu

 

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Dinner

Served 6-9pm, Wednesday to Saturday evening.

An ever changing varied selection of starters, mains and desserts, all locally sourced and freshly prepared, by the talented local lad, Chef Lee Bennett.

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Dinner 8/1/19

Served 6-9pm.

* Included in dine for 12. Wednesday – Friday.

Small plates:

* Roasted mushroom soup, truffle cream, warm bread 6.5
* Whipped smoked salmon, crispy crayfish, lemon mayo 7.
* Marinated beets, goat’s cheese, dukkah 6.5
* Baked hen’s egg, smoked mackerel, heritage potato, caper butter 7.
Iberico ham and potato scotch egg, red pepper mayo 7.5
Caramelised king scallop, crispy pork rillettes, granny smith apple, hazelnut 9.5

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Big plates:

North Sea fishcake, glazed greens, herb butter 12.
Crisp pork belly, black pudding mash, red wine prunes 12.
Hand-rolled tagliatelle, butternut squash, blue cheese, walnut 12.
Glazed loin of venison, black garlic, shiitake mushroom, Jerusalem artichoke 20.
Wild sea bass, cassoulet of haricot beans and chorizo, mussels, fennel 18.
8oz. Rib-eye/fillet, peppercorn sauce – choose your side 20/26.5

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Afters:

* Chocolate and ale cake, peanut ice cream, salted caramel 6.5
* Winter fruit crumble, almonds, vanilla ice cream 6.5
* Hand made ice cream and sorbet, fruit and nut biscuit 6.
Poached rhubarb, caramelised white chocolate, pistachio biscuit, yoghurt 7.5
British cheese, grapes, chutney, crackers 8.

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Sides 3.

Creamed potato / thin cut fries, truffle oil, parmesan / seasonal salad /
broccoli, chilli & almonds / savoy cabbage, pickled ginger / thrice-cooked chips

 

Wine

A carefully selected choice of wine which will add a whole new experience to your meal, please ask a member of staff for their wine pairing suggestions.

Wine List

Gift Vouchers

Share the love of good food and wine, vouchers are available in £10, £20 and £50 and can be bought from the restaurant during opening hours.

What are you waiting for?

For parties of 6 or more, or if you have a special request, please call 0191 908 7621 to book.

All other bookings can be made following the link below, please make sure you receive a confirmation email for your booking.

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Emails are checked up until 5pm on weekdays, if your query is urgent please call the restaurant on 0191 908 7621